The Tudors are back and they continue on with the season. When we left Henry and his realm, King Henry was in Boulogne, France with the possibilities of spies in Henry’s camp and Catherine appointing Lutherans into her household. And of course the Bloody Flux! At the camp more people are dying of Dysentery and the body count is outrageous. Lord Surrey is upset about the lack of food and the digging continues to go on. The physician is meeting with the King and he tells that 2,000 have died of the Flux and another 3,000 are ill from it. The physician tells the King that people need to be transported out of the area. This outrages Henry and he tells the physician that the men are not sick of the flux but of cowardice. He vows that he will hang anyone who doesn’t want to fight and would rather flee.
Back at the castle, Bishop Gardiner wants to speak with the Queen. He wants to know of any new information on the King. He brings up the matter of the King’s Barber and the Royal Cook. He states they are heretics. She doesn’t fall into Gardiner’s trap and tells that she is not qualified to make that decision since they are so close to the King’s service. Plague has broken near Windsor and she tells Gardiner that she is going to have Prince Edward stay with her. Back in Boulogne, Charles Brandon tells Bridgette, the girl from the last episode, that he is going to allow her father to escape but she is to stay. At first the father disagrees but Bridgette tells him not to worry. They say their goodbyes. The father tells Charles to treat his daughter with respect. Lord Hartford, a.k.a. Edward Seymour, talks about the Queen and how she is doing a great job, but there is more. The Emperor has taken two sieges already and Henry has yet to conqueror one. He gets angry with the Italian mercenary, the digger of tunnels, that his methods are wrong and that they need to set off the charges to make sure that the men have not gone soft. The Italian begs the King to give him two more days.
In Charles’s tent Bridgette is eating. Charles has given her his food despite the fact that he is starving. He asks what the people are eating in the city to start small talk but when Bridgette asks why Charles is keeping her there, he has no answer. Back at the castle, Mary shows Catherine a translated copy that she did of the Gospel of St. John and gives it to Catherine because of her devotion to, as she says it, “our faith”. Catherine tells that it is nice to have all the children together. Prince Edward is running around and Catherine tells him that he should be moving away from Lady Bryan and move on to older things. Catherine tells that she expects great things of Elizabeth and she talks to Mistress Ashley, Elizabeth’s servant, she needs to teach Elizabeth the faith of the Lutherans to honor her mother. In Boulogne, people are still dying of the flux and getting sick. Charles walks among them and takes a moment to look at all the carnage and death. He is sleeping when Bridgette wakes him. She tells that she escaped but came back to him. They share a long kiss and one thing leads to another, and you know what happens next. King Henry is watching from his sentry and looks over waiting for the charges to be set. The Italian and the men that were digging finally reach the inner walls of the city. He tells the men to all leave. The crowning moment has arrived and all wait to see if their efforts paid off. The charges go off and the castle crumbles. In a moment of excitement, the Richard Leland, the sharpshooter, gets shot with an arrow and dies. (How Ironic eh?) Harry, his friend who was in the tunnel when it collapses, is pulled out of the wreckage of the dilapidated tunnel. The Italian mercenary and another soldier weren’t so lucky.
At the caste, Catherine has good news. The King has taken Boulogne and she celebrates with the children. In Boulogne, the French meet with the King and surrender the keys to the town. He asks that the citizens to go away free without molestation. Henry agrees. Henry later talks to Lord Hartford and Hartford tells that the siege of the town is a great triumph. Henry thanks Charles for distinguishing himself among the soldiers. Henry tells that he is returning to London instead of marching onto Paris despite the original plan. He needs to look out for his soldiers and the outbreak. Harry visits the grave of Richard Leland, the sharpshooter and morns over his death. Bridgette is packing and she asks if she is worth anything since Charles did not ask for a ransom. Charles asks Bridgette to return to England with him. She agrees. The troops return and Catherine waits for her husband King Henry. The citizens welcome back their King in a ceremony of victory with all the spoils of the Battle of Boulogne. Gardiner talks with other lords and tells that the war is disastrous and that it bankrupted the country. Gardiner tells that they are living in times when reason is not appreciated. The Spanish Ambassador Chapuys enters and thanks Catherine for helping the Lady Mary and helping to branch the relationship of the Spanish and the English closer. Henry asks about a separate treaty with the French and that Henry trusted the Emperor. Henry is not happy of the joining of France. Chapuys exits and will be retiring as Ambassador of Spain.
In the home of Charles, Bridgette is there and Charles tells that he is happy with her. He asks to “look” at her. She disrobes herself and gets a little embarrassed. Charles is overwhelmed in love with her. Mary tells Chapuys that he should not go. Mary tells that Catherine is a heretic and that he should not leave her alone. Mary vows that she will make England faithful even if she has to burn or kill every heretic if or when she is Queen. Chapuys gives Mary a hug and gives her a ring in memory of him. It was the ring that her mother Katherine gave the Emperor. Henry is looking down at the spoils of war. We find out that the Emperor has given on of his daughters to the French Duke in marriage. There is word that troops are marching to Boulogne to retake it. The King wants all of England to remember his victory for now and that the bells need to be rung in every household. He laminates over the news and his leg starts to hurt him. The episode ends with Henry falling to the floor and lying there.
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